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Today, multi-platinum selling Chicago artist/rapper/songwriter Calboy releases his new track and visual for “Barbarian” featuring Lil Tjay. The track will appear on a forthcoming project Long Live The Kings which is due out February 21st via Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records.

New Music Video: Adam Rom – ‘Hostage’

The official video for ‘Hostage’ is a deeply personal affair that sees Adam skateboarding his way through London and ultimately trying to make sense of life in the big city – a perfect visual accompaniment for the track’s themes of love and loss.

TODAY IS THE DAY: Kerrang! Hosts “Burn In Hell” Video

As visionary metal outfit TODAY IS THE DAY prepares to release their eleventh studio full-length, No Good To Anyone, through BMG at the end of February, Kerrang! is hosting a premiere of the first official video from the album. “Burn In Hell” is now playing alongside an in-depth interrogation of founder Steve Austin.

Mija shares “Digressions” from debut album ‘Desert Trash’ coming Feb. 26th

Mija has shared her new single “Digressions” from her forthcoming debut album, Desert Trash, out February 26th via Create Music Group. The track features vocals, writing and production from Mija with additional writing & production from UK artist Gammer. The track begins with Mija singing over soft piano chords before evolving into a liquid drum and bass groove. The new single evokes both nostalgia and romantic optimism. Fans of The Postal Service’s classic 2003 album Give Up will recognize the common creative DNA of underground electronic production mixed with emotive indie songwriting.

of Montreal share video for “Get God’s Attention By Being An Atheist”

“I wanted to use child actors because this song is an anthem to rebellion and fuck-all’edness. Anybody who’s spent any time around five year olds knows that they are the embodiment of punk rock élan. My brother’s son plays the role of Baby Lanc, a sort of Pied Piper character that teaches other kids how to conquer their demons, and have a blast while doing it!”- Kevin Barnes

Bay Area Instrumental Rockers Unconditional Arms Debut New Track (“You’re Just As Desperate”)

Oakland, CA post-rock band Unconditional Arms is debuting a new track (“You’re Just As Desperate”) off the upcoming album ‘Formation’ out April 3rd on Bay Area indie label Sell The Heart Records – run by Andy Pohl of Tsunami Bomb.

Unconditional Arms is a brainchild of musician Jeff Wright (The American Scene, Compltr). The band also consists of drummer Ross Traver of Wavves, Randy Staat, former Prawn member Corey Reily and Max Senna of Oakland noise outfit Facet.

NEW MUSIC: Willie Shaw Releases Debut EP Oxytocin

Willie said of this EP, “It means a lot to me for a variety of reasons. First, it is a stripped-down version of me that takes listeners back to how I got here in the first place. For a majority of these songs it’s just me and my guitar. It’s raw and I really wanted the listener to hear me without all of the bells and whistles that production can add to create a sound. Second, there is an emphasis on my ability to write songs. Lastly, these songs are very much a part of my experience and the growing that has occurred over the last few years. Within these stories is a ton of heart, through real life events that I’ve shared with close friends and family.”

Fall in love with “Lately” from NYC pop artist Nafsica

NYC pop artist Nafsica delivers an intimate and emotionally-drenched single titled “Lately” today. Reflecting on the start of a new relationship, she recalls the moment she feels herself falling in love – with butterflies in her stomach, and excitement for what’s to come. Released on Valentine’s Day, it’s a song of love, unity, and trusting yourself.


Indie pop duo, Flora Cash release new track “Honey Go Home” via BEE & EI/RCA Records. The lyric video premiered on Billboard this morning – check it out HERE @skopemag. This follows the band’s latest singles “You Love Me” and “Missing Home” which has over 6.4M streams and 2.9M video views.


The boundlessly talented producer, singer, rapper, and songwriter dwilly has quickly become one of the most in-demand producers in his native LA and beyond. Already being hailed by Ones To Watch as “music’s most brilliant threat,” dwilly is seeking to cement that status with his new single “if you only knew,” an infectious new song featuring dual vocalists Tia Scola and WYATT, both established songwriters / producers themselves.

THE GRAHAMS Premiere Ode to Richard Swift via Clash

Cinematic rock group, The Grahams are channeling a classic vintage 50’s nostalgia in their latest music video for a live-in-Abbey-Road-studio version of “Searching The Milky Way” which premiered via Clash yesterday. The track is the latest off their upcoming record KIDS LIKE US (set for release on March 27, 2020 via 3 Sirens Music Group/RED MUSIC/The Orchard). It features uplifting glittering piano and eruptions of sharp, fuzzy, toned guitars that highlight the strong vocals of Alyssa and Doug Graham.

Million Lands (mems. Beirut, Oneida, Man Forever) announce debut album

Million Lands has long history beyond the release of their first record, The Ochre World, would suggest (including time in a Division 1 basketball pep band! in 2003). But it took some years for Kid and Ben to settle into a regular basement noise hang. What came out of these rolling-tape sessions could be described as a post-instrumental haze of dubbed out, free referentialism touching on a myriad of reference points – from Bitches Brew to Disintegration. Kid and Lanz have made a priority out of subverting traditional approaches to their instruments and weave this energy together for their first mind-blowing release on Ernest Jenning Record Co.

Brandy Clark’s “Love is a Fire” music video premieres at CMT

Of the inspiration behind the song, Clark reflects, “I was obsessed with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Feud’ just got in my head. That idea that love is a fire, you just never know if it’s going to warm you—or burn you. That’s where ‘Fire’ came from.”


Polo G celebrated his city of Chicago for All-Star Weekend with billboards around the city. He performed at Chance The Rapper’s celebrity basketball game which enlisted all of Chicago’s talent, popped up at local high schools and will wrap up the weekend with a special Polo G & Friends charity concert. Hosted by Audiomack and dedicated to kids fighting depression, the show will also have a special tribute to late Chi Town legend and multi-platinum star Juice WRLD.

New Release from Gregory Porter “If Love Is Overrated”

Two-time GRAMMY Award winning singer and songwriter Gregory Porter has shared “If Love Is Overrated,” a heart-warming new single from his forthcoming sixth studio album ALL RISE, which will be released April 17th on Blue Note Records. The track follows the album’s soaring lead single “Revival.” ALL RISE is available for pre-order in deluxe and standard vinyl, CD, and digital versions.

BRAND NEW FRIEND – Release ‘A Cure For Living’ EP Today

Their first studio release since 2018’s ‘Seatbelts For Aeroplanes’ arrives with high expectations, following a string of sublime featured singles: ‘Stop The Days’, plus the BBC R1 + Radio X supported ‘Nothing Stays The Same’ and ‘The Letter A’.

Kleerup announces new album, shares pop anthem “Trouble”

Over the past 15 years of being active as one of Scandinavian pop’s most prolific and celebrated producers Andreas Kleerup has had huge highs (#1 in the UK with Robyn with “With Every Heartbeat”) and the lowest lows (he’s been legally dead from overdoses twice). Beginning with production duties for the likes of Roxette, the Cardigans and Shout Out Louds, the Swede then went on to release his debut LP, ‘Kleerup’, featuring tracks with Lykke Li, Neneh Cherry and the Concrete’s Lisa Milberg.

KB & THE IDYLLWILDE Releases Stunning New, Soulful EP, ‘I Just Wanna Love You, I Just Wanna Let You’!

Nashville based soul rock band KB & THE IDYLLWILDE has released their highly anticipated new EP, I Just Wanna Love You, I Just Wanna Let You.

“Basically, this album encompasses all the ways we distort and experience love, or how I have at least…

Its a lot of addiction, egoic superiority/inferiority tendencies, and just plain codependent shit. Its a ‘love’ album about not knowing how to get it right, but celebrating all the ugly/beautiful ways we get it wrong.” – Katie Burke

Carrington MacDuffie Releases “Because I Couldn’t Have You” On Valentine’s Day

Indie singer / songwriter Carrington MacDuffie releases “Because I Couldn’t Have You” as her latest single lyric video, the follow-up to her rollicking uptempo “Blue Christmas” single. On Valentine’s Day the “Because I Couldn’t Have You” lyric video was exclusively premiered through Guitar Girl Magazine. With a modern sound of electric rock and a hint of reggae, this is not a typical song that anyone would expect to hear on the day of love.

NO TIME TO DIE – Listen to Billie Eilish’s theme song for the new Bond movie

Today, five-time GRAMMY® Award winning Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish has released her latest song, No Time To Die, the official theme song to the upcoming James Bond film. The song was produced by her brother; fellow multi GRAMMY® Award winning FINNEAS alongside Stephen Lipson, with orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley, and guitar from Johnny Marr. No Time To Die comes ahead of the film’s global release, which hits theatres from April 2 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S on April 10 through MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner.

Graham Costello’s Strata share new one-off single ‘Cygnus’

Glasgow’s music and art have long been at the cutting edge in terms of innovation and creativity. Now, at the forefront of the city’s up-and-coming jazz scene is drummer Graham Costello with his six-piece band Strata. Their music blends stylistic elements of jazz, minimalism, and celebrated progressive/noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic, winning over audiences with towering dynamics and a raw and genuine enthusiasm. Pushing the boundaries of the genres, they combine high-energy polyrhythms and improvisation in a collective, cohesive groove.

Premiere: Graham Costello’s Strata – Cygnus

Sunset Rollercoaster Shares Psychedelic Love Story Visual for “My Jinji”

Says lead vocalist/guitarist, Kuo Hung Tseng, about the abstract, beautifully shot video inspired by ’90s era Hong Kong films, “A fallen warrior falls in love with a princess from a faraway galaxy, but he can’t remember anything until a bee shows up.”


alentine’s Day comes bearing a specular surprise—singer, songwriter, author, mogul Mashonda makes a New Music Friday moment with the release of her new track “King” after a thirteen year music hiatus. Produced by Stats & Sage, “King” serves as the official single from the singers soon-to-be-released, highly anticipated EP—out soon.

“King is my ode to self-love and the journey towards healing in a relationship; I want people to feel again with music… have them take something deep from it and use it for their journey.”


Handsome Jack are kicking down the doors of 2020 with their brand new single “In The Midnight Hour.” This raucous cover of Wilson Pickett’s signature ‘65 hit retains all the soul and swing of the original, but this scruffy Lockport, NY rock trio adds an element of danger to the track as it struts, swaggers and pounds, turning this beloved classic into a modern, muscular slice of rock-n-roll for the new decade.

guccihighwaters shares new track “candy”

“My vision for ‘candy’ came to me when my friend Jay Vee and I were at the studio. He played a really somber yet comforting chord progression on his guitar and I instantly thought of something bittersweet,” explains guccihighwaters. “Sometimes you have to end a relationship that feels so good but is bad for you and won’t end well. I felt like a bouncy uplifting drum pattern would complement the ambient melodies and Jay Vee laid those down real quick. After the track was done I had an open verse and was thinking about who it would sound great with — one of the first artists that popped into my head was Lund. We spoke a few times in the past about making some music together and at that time we just set up a tour together so I felt like it was the perfect timing and the perfect song for him to be a part of.”

Atmosphere Celebrates Valentine’s Day with New Music Video: “Dearly Beloved”

Today, Atmosphere delivers a psychedelic music video from director BLOOD $MOKE BODY to accompany “Dearly Beloved” feat. Musab and Muja Messiah. The track was originally released on Atmosphere’s surprise album, Whenever, which dropped on all digital platforms in December. Slug opens “Dearly Beloved” with his signature dextrous wordplay, rapping a love song while dropping references to Prince and his hometown of Minneapolis. Musab responds with a verse filled with allusions to 80’s pop culture before Muja Messiah closes with sharp-witted Prince references of his own while the music video follows Slug from a snowy limo to a surreal house party. Physical copies of Whenever are available for pre-order now, and will be available in stores starting March 6th.


The lavish new single from Australian alt-pop maverick E^ST was unveiled by Richard Kingsmill on Australia’s triple j last week and is already making waves in the alternative scene. Following up her 2019 bangers “FLIGHT PATH” and “TALK DEEP”, which became the number one most played song on triple j and earned the 70th spot in the station’s coveted Hottest 100 countdown, “FRESH OUT OF LOVE” is an addictively melodic and opulent track which showcases E^ST’s stunning vocals and flair for extravagant production.

Remarkable Chanteuse and Composer, Jessica Victoria, Releases Enchanting New Single

Jessica Victoria’s album Songs of The Summer Realm has a little something for everyone, transporting the listener to a different time and place, while instilling ideas and ideals which remain incredibly relevant. Preceded by several singles, ‘Love Charm’ is a single both whimsical and pure.

Another Day’s Armor Premiere Video for Single “Underneath”

Another Day’s Armor premiered their official music video for their single “Underneath” today.

“We wanted to go with a different approach for this song and music video. In a time where their is such an overflow of music and content being released the last thing we wanted to do is be predictable with our new product. The video is dark and maniacal but also depressing in a way due to the main character not knowing how to express his affection in a normal way” says Daemien Drake, vocalist of the band.

Prismatic Mantis returns with new video for single “Return to Sender”

The sonic vision of Prismatic Mantis, Mark Reynolds, is one that is impossible to pin succinctly down. Strongly influenced by Nature, Sacred Geometry and the Cosmos, Reynolds’ homogeneously progressive material flickers between downtempo electronica and slightly left-of-center fusion rock.


“Forget,” which follows two previously released tracks from the upcoming album; “Older” featuring Daya and “Fading” is accompanied by a stunning visualizer, which shows breathtaking panoramic shots of waterfalls and waves crashing onto the shore immediately followed by a lone explorer wandering through a field of flowers towards the sun’s bright light. The video can be tied to Shallou’s work as a climate change activist. “It feels like humanity is falling out of love with the world we inhabit, losing touch with nature and chasing things devoid of meaning,” he says of the cause.